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GREENSBORO — The streetlights were flickering on by the time Francine Munoz-González got back from the park with her younger siblings and noticed her mother standing along the row of aging mobile homes talking excitedly in Spanish to one of the neighbors.

“I thought they were having an adult conversation,” the high school senior said of not bothering to linger before going up the wooden steps and inside their blue and white single-wide with her sister and two brothers.

Then her mother, who can speak English, but has trouble at times with words and context, came for her — with urgency.

“We walked to Mr. Randy’s house,” Francine said of a memory that still puts a quiver in her voice. That’s “Randy” as in Randy Williams, another neighbor in the mostly Hispanic mobile home park. He had talked to the landlord, but he didn’t speak Spanish like most of the other neighbors.

“She’s, like, ‘Is it true they are kicking us out?'” recalled Francine, who, until that point was clueless as to what was bothering her mother. “And I’m, like, ‘What?'”

Everyone has a different view of the 3 acres of land up for sale on this short stretch of Hiatt Street in the shadow of UNCG.

It’s financial opportunity for the family whose ownership goes back three generations.

Jamison Mobile Home Park

In this Aug. 24 photo, Lynne Anderson, the niece of the majority owner of Family Properties, holds envelopes that she said contains letters for residents of Jamison Mobile Home Park extending the move out date to Jan. 31, 2022.

It’s an investment for Owls Roost Properties, a Greensboro developer with a good reputation and successful apartment complexes already in its portfolio.

And it’s home for people like Munoz-González, Williams and a handful of other tenants, most of whom have lived there for decades paying monthly lot rents.

Meily Molina, whose youngest child is 2, has lived in the park for 14 years and used public transportation for chemotherapy appointments while battling cancer.

Margaret Morales, on disability, put a mobile home on a lot 32 years ago.

The Garcías down the street just welcomed a baby.

Life here had been quiet up until recently.

Now, this small parcel that holds the Jamison Mobile Home Park is at the epicenter of a fight between groups who think their claim on the land is equally valid.

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Sandra Abarca prepares a meal of enchiladas verdes for her family’s dinner at her home at Jamison Mobile Home Park on Sept. 17. Abarca found out about the sale when a neighbor went to pay her rent in July and learned that a developer had a contract on the property. By that time, Abarca and Josue Chan had already completed the paperwork to enroll their children in school. “We were very sad because we were just starting to get settled in,” Abarca said. “We made this our home.”

The mobile home park, which on most nights is set to a soundtrack of passing trains and children at play, is a place few probably know exists.

With the land’s estimated value of about $350,000, the maze of homes is couched between an apartment complex on one side and an abandoned building with broken windows on the other. Nearby train tracks run past a Sherwin Williams plant down the street, framing the area squarely in urban life.

Welcome to a lesser known corner of Greensboro and the Lindley Park neighborhood.

Dreams are in the soil here. Blood, sweat and tears. Aspirations. The expectations to be in this community — as retired civil rights attorney Lewis Pitts has said — are what’s being ripped apart for the 18 families calling it home when the sale of the land was announced months ago to make way for a new apartment complex.

Once among the cheapest, if not the cheapest, rent in the city, the $315 tenants pay each month secured the lots for the next month. That hadn’t been a problem for them until July, when word began to spread that they would have to be out in two months. Moving a mobile home — if it’s able to be moved — can cost thousands of dollars for residents already struggling to make the rent.

The July 12 letter from Family Properties gave tenants who owned their homes 75 days to move. Renters had to be out by Aug. 30. Security deposits, less than the current rent, would be accepted as the last month’s rent.

“We will be turning off the utilities by Sept. 31,” read the letter bearing park manager Lynne Anderson’s name.

It went on to say the Jamison Park community would be missed.

Through an attorney, developer Owls Roost Properties has said that questions should be directed to Family Properties, because the sale hasn’t been completed.

For their part, Owls Roost found a property up for sale, looked at the viability of building there, and made an offer.

“We were not aware that there was any issue with current residents at the property,” said Marc Isaacson, an attorney representing the company.

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Children look out the window of their mobile home during a festival on Oct. 31 to raise awareness and money for the owners of mobile homes at the Jamison Mobile Home Park.

Grandfathered in despite ordinances at times outlawing new mobile home parks in the city, the address had made Jamison residents beneficiaries of good schools, a location near downtown, nearby public transportation and put them within walking distance to a university and the Greensboro Coliseum.

The city around them — like others across the country — has suffered a net loss of affordable housing over the years, in part, because apartments and free-standing homes being built have been getting more expensive.

The Jamison park was a value even by affordable housing standards.

These are working-class people. If displaced, there may not be a place for them to go in a city already struggling to meet the needs of so many others like them.

Jamison tenants complain about getting the first notices written in English when Spanish is their first language. Some say they were asked to tell other neighbors.

A further snub, tenants say, is how they were expected to quickly pack up and move. As if they didn’t matter.

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Sandra Abarca, Evelin Hernandez, Ariana Hernandez, Elisa Chan, and Analia Chan (from left) take a break from playing to eat snacks in the back of a van at the Jamison Mobile Home Park on Sept. 23.

Their plight reached Siembra, a grassroots group for immigrant rights, which has helped residents to organize and make an attempt to buy the land themselves.

Margaret Morales, a 66-year-old who lives alone and is on disability, has decided to leave.

“This is not the greatest place in the world, honey, but I’ve lived here a total of 32 years,” she said. “I’ve always felt that living alone, especially, I’ve always felt OK. I’ve always felt like the neighbors watched out for me, and they do.”

She spent tens of thousands of dollars, awarded as part of a settlement of a lawsuit, on renovations in 2017.

“I put it into this place,” Morales said.” I put it into this home. I had to fix quite a number of things for it to be livable — hopefully for life.”

In the meantime, the “Jamison” sign at the entrance to the mobile home park has since disappeared.

So, too, have mobile homes owned and rented out by Shirley Todd Jamison, a nurse, missionary and part-owner of the business, whose death in 2017 led her family to put the land on the market.

Anderson, who is one of the executors of her aunt’s estate, also manages the mobile home park.

Anderson — who didn’t respond to requests for an interview — said in August, after tenants took to the streets in protest, her aunt stipulated in her will that the property be sold and the proceeds divided among her grandchildren. Shirley Jamison did not have children, but she left stocks and bonds and even her 1999 Toyota Camry to her sister Sara’s grandchildren.

At that August protest, Anderson stressed she wasn’t trying to make Jamison tenants homeless.

Still, homeless is what some of them may become.

Francisca González-Sánchez remembers walking along Hiatt Street nearly 20 years ago with husband Rafael and spotting the mobile home for sale.

Her OB-GYN had told her to slow down and stop working with just over two months to go before the birth of her first child. But that would also mean losing nearly half the family’s income.

The couple had first met in elementary school back in their native Mexico and reconnected as adults in North Carolina.

González-Sánchez takes a certain pride in tracing a work history that starts with the $6.50-an-hour job at McDonald’s. She would move up to $8-an- hour in housekeeping at the Grandover resort — a job she kept for 14 years.

Later, she and Rafael would try their hands at running a food truck.

“You feel good about owning something,” she explained, running her spoon through a bowl of soup as she took a seat at the kitchen table in her small, but tidy, mobile home. “In the same moment, I don’t feel good because the kids are spending more time in day care. They say, ‘Mom, I don’t see you. We don’t eat together.’ They told me, ‘We miss you,’ and it broke my heart.”

The couple later found jobs at Proctor & Gamble and then Gilbarco.

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Francisca Gonzalez Sanchez helps her son David Munoz-Gonzalez get ready for the school day with a shower at their home in the Jamison Mobile Home Park on Nov. 1.

Back when she was pregnant with Francine and was out of work, the couple had to leave a $700-a-month rental home off Merritt Drive for a $400-a-month duplex they thought they could afford near Hiatt Street in hopes of saving money. But that first month, the utilities ate away the savings they expected.

At Jamison Mobile Home Park, they were able to work out a deal where instead of just renting the unit, they were able to purchase it from the family who owned it.

“It was less stressful,” González-Sánchez said. “We could buy stuff for our children. I wanted my children to have opportunities I did not have.”

When they looked at other housing in the area recently, they discovered it was out of their price range.

So staying at the mobile home park seems like their only option. 

González-Sánchez said: “My neighbor says, ‘We are 18 or 19 families living here. We can try to buy it.”

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Community members meet after work on Oct. 1 to plan events to help raise awareness and money for their battle against a developer at the Jamison Mobile Home Park in Greensboro.

They began to draft a letter.

Francine, who is applying to Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill, recently found her mother reading a book about Native Americans and the history of America.

And the older woman was taking notes.

While asking the owners of the mobile home park for the opportunity to buy the plot of land, she and her husband scouted out neighborhoods and started knocking on doors, asking homeowners if they needed their grass cut as a way of raising extra cash.

“I have always respected my mother,” Francine said, “but I see her even more as a leader.”

The next street over, at the home of Sandra Abarca and Josue Chan, the older children are finishing homework and the younger ones are playing with Barbie dolls. Abarca’s sister lives down the street, and the couple purchased the older mobile home, which needed a lot of work, a year ago so their children — now on the couch and floor — could grow up together.

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Chan remodeled the whole unit, including replacing a floor that was falling apart. He remembers asking Anderson, the park manager, if he could build a storage unit on the property.

“I asked the lady why,” he said through an interpreter in August. “She responded to me: ‘You never know.’ I was left thinking about that.”

They found out when a neighbor went to pay her rent in July that a developer had a contract on the property. By that time, Abarca and Chan had already completed the paperwork to enroll their children in school.

“We were very sad because we were just starting to get settled in,” Abarca said. “We made this our home.”

In a panic, they started calling area mobile home parks and realized that there was nothing available for them.

They faced the possibility of moving out of the city.

“That would be the only option and that’s what we don’t want,” Chan said. “If the lady wants to sell it, we want to buy it.”

It was worth asking. It’s unclear how much Owls Roost has offered for the property. The families have also stopped by the company’s office to set up a meeting with officials. Some among them are hoping that public pressure might result in the company backing away from the deal.

“Perhaps our voice doesn’t have a lot of weight,” Chan said as summer turned to fall, “but we believe we are going to achieve something.”

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Valeria Medina Lara (left) plays in the front yard as her parents Brenda Vanesa Para Mosquda (center) and Miguel Angel Medina Garcia prepare to take a portrait in front of their home at the Jamison Mobile Home Park on Hiatt Street in Greensboro on Oct. 2.

In August, the Jamison tenants showed up in matching green shirts bearing the words “Hiatt Street” as they gathered at the Battleground Avenue address of Family Properties to present a letter asking to buy the land.

Setting up in an adjacent parking lot, they rallied with supporters as Anderson asked them to leave. The sea of people included advocates for immigrants and affordable housing, their Lindley Park neighbors and others.

“I implore you,” someone from the crowd directed Anderson’s way, “to do what is good.”

Anderson, phone in hand, said she was waiting for the police.

“We are not trying to make them homeless,” she said to those around her under the blistering sun. “We are not doing anything illegal.”

There was the sound of both anger and anguish as Anderson lamented the scene around her.  

“They have the right to free speech,” Anderson said as police arrived, “but this is wrong.”

In her hand were letters offering an extension to stay another 90 days. She tried passing them out, but there were no takers.

“They are trying to force our sale not to go through,” she said with a hint of exasperation. “None of them have asked why we are selling the park.”

The deed of the property, a former landscape nursery, bore the name of Shirley Jamison’s parents in 1948. By 1975, it was in the names of their daughters, Shirley and Sara.

Shirley, who died in April 2017, spent 39 years in Costa Rica and Colombia as a missionary and nurse.

Sara, who died months after Shirley in 2017, and her husband moved to Afghanistan to teach physics and math at a college there. They eventually moved back to the United States. When their six children were grown, they moved to Pakistan where they taught English as a second language to Afghan refugees.

By 1995, the mobile home park had been deeded solely to Shirley Jamison.

But by 2004, she only had a third interest in the property, along with two of Sara’s children: Lynne Anderson and Rebecca Duhan.

Anderson said her aunt stipulated in her will that the property be sold and the proceeds divided among young heirs.

And on that August day, the Jamison tenants were hindering those plans.

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Evelin Hernandez peeks over the arm of a couch to watch a video with Elisa Chan on an iPad at their home in Jamison Mobile Home Park on Sept. 16 in Greensboro.

The weariness is starting to show.

Francine has tried separating her home life from school, where there are band practices and sports. Filling out college applications. The challenges being in the International Baccalaureate honors program.

One day at cross country practice, it all came out.

“I had been holding it all in,” she said, sitting quietly in early November in a bedroom that’s covered in pictures of her siblings and adorned with dolls from childhood that her grandmother had given her.

“I was confused, heartbroken,” Francine explained. “I’ve lived here my whole life. This is where I’ve grown up. It’s made me the person I am now.”

That day, she fell behind the other runners and told the coach she was having cramps.

Her sister had been suffering from anxiety attacks ever since she heard the news.

“It’s like a shadow over me — just always,” Francine said. “I find joy in doing what I love to do, but I never stop thinking about what’s going on at home.”

Recently, she was surprised to receive the coach’s award for cross country and was inducted into the National Honor Society, as her parents and siblings watched.

“I try to enjoy everything and I’m always smiling,” Francine said, “but it’s bittersweet.”

The neighbors tried their luck attending a meeting of the City Council, where Francine was among speakers, urging elected leaders to do something.

Council members were sympathetic, but they offered no easy answers.

In the days after that meeting, local experts in law and housing met with Jamison residents to brainstorm options. Again, there were no easy answers.

The ages of some of the mobile homes make it unlikely they can be physically moved. If their owners are displaced by the property’s sale, they will literally have to be left behind.

“Somebody owns their mobile home for 20 years and now is going to have to walk away from it,” said Beth McKee-Huger, the former executive director of the Greensboro Housing Coalition. “It’s just heartbreaking to be in such a situation.”

A block party in late October that featured food cooked by Jamison residents and a mariachi band raised $13,000.

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Sandra Abarca plays with her daughter Elisa Chan while sitting at the family dining room table at their home in the Jamison Mobile Home Park on Sept. 16.

Some of the neighbors are already leaving.

“I felt at first as if I were abandoning them,” Randy Williams says from the hotel room he and his wife have called home for the last two weeks, “but I had to look at it realistically.”

At least four other families are now in various stages of leaving.

Williams had been a part of the protest in front of Family Properties. Now, he sits with his wife in the hotel room, waiting as their mobile home is relocated to a new place just outside the city limits.

Another Jamison family will be waiting for them when they get there.

The college sweethearts — she’s from Greensboro and he moved here from Arkansas as a college freshman — are bracing for the change in community and camaraderie.

“I’m 68 years old and I’ve lived many places, and these are the best neighbors I’ve ever had,” Williams said.

Williams moved into a home already on the lot that he purchased from a friend in 1999.

His son, now in the Air Force and stationed in Idaho, lived there for much of his life.

“Our community … everybody waves, everybody smiles — well, there are a few that just wave,” he said, with a momentary laugh. “I think it’s a shame that this has to go.”

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Margaret Morales walks back to her home while children play in the street at the Jamison Mobile Home Park on Hiatt Street in Greensboro on Sept. 23. The ages of some of the mobile homes make it unlikely they can be physically moved.

He, too, was upset when the letter came announcing the sale.

“Our landlords own this land, and they certainly have the right to sell it,” Williams said. “Certainly, we should have been given lots of time. The owners knew that.”

It bothers him how an eventual extension, allowing the families to stay past Christmas, was offered as a gift to residents.

“The way they framed it was that they were granting us the extra time,” he said.

But North Carolina statutes require that tenants of mobile home parks which are being repurposed have at least six months to vacate the premises.

“They had to do that,” Williams said.

He knows he’s one of the lucky ones. He found somewhere to go.

Williams had to take out a bank loan to come up with the thousands in moving expenses.

“It put me in debt significantly,” Williams said.

But then, he had no choice.

“There are some who are still clinging to the idea that the park could be sold to them,” Williams said, “and to me it’s a very unrealistic thing.”

Contact Nancy McLaughlin at 336-373-7049 and follow @nmclaughlinNR on Twitter.

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Woman passenger from UK tests Covid positive at Hyderabad airport



Hyderabad: A 35-year-old international passenger who reached the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here on Wednesday has tested positive for Covid-19 after undergoing an RT-PCR test at the airport itself. The woman passenger had traveled from the United Kingdom, which has been categorised as an ‘At Risk Country’. 

The passenger has been admitted to the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) and samples were collected and sent for genetic sequencing. Officials said she did not have any symptoms and that her health condition was being monitored closely. 

According to officials, the woman hails from Rangareddy district and was on a visit to UK from Hyderabad. Though her close relatives tested negative, their health condition is also being monitored. 

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Revealed: how Sidney Powell could be disbarred for lying in court for Trump | US elections 2020



Sidney Powell, the former lawyer for Donald Trump who filed lawsuits across America for the former president, hoping to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, has on several occasions represented to federal courts that people were co-counsel or plaintiffs in her cases without seeking their permission to do so, the Guardian has learned.

Some of these individuals say that they only found out that Powell had named them once the cases were already filed.

During this same period of time, Powell also named several other lawyers – with their permission in those instances – as co-counsel in her election-related cases, despite the fact that they played virtually no role whatsoever in bringing or litigating those cases.

Both Powell’s naming of other people as plaintiffs or co-counsel without their consent and representing that other attorneys were central to her cases when, in fact, their roles were nominal or nonexistent, constitute serious potential violations of the American Bar Association model rules for professional conduct, top legal ethicists told the Guardian.

Powell’s misrepresentations to the courts in those particular instances often aided fundraising for her nonprofit, Defending the Republic. Powell had told prospective donors that the attorneys were integral members of an “elite strike force” who had played outsized roles in her cases – when in fact they were barely involved if at all.

A couple poses for a photo in front of a Trump campaign bus at a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, on 2 December 2020.
A couple poses for a photo in front of a Trump campaign bus at a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, on 2 December 2020. Photograph: Nathan Posner/REX/Shutterstock

Powell did not respond to multiple requests for comment via phone, email, and over social media.

The State Bar of Texas is already investigating Powell for making other allegedly false and misleading statements to federal courts by propagating increasingly implausible conspiracy theories to federal courts that Joe Biden’s election as president of the United States was illegitimate.

The Texas bar held its first closed-door hearing regarding the allegations about Powell on 4 November. Investigations by state bar associations are ordinarily conducted behind closed doors and thus largely opaque to the public.

A federal grand jury has also been separately investigating Powell, Defending the Republic, as well as a political action committee that goes by the same name, for fundraising fraud, according to records reviewed by the Guardian.

Among those who have alleged that Powell falsely named them as co-counsel is attorney Linn Wood, who brought and litigated with Powell many of her lawsuits attempting to overturn the results of the election with her, including in the hotly contested state of Michigan.

The Michigan case was a futile attempt by Powell to erase Joe Biden’s victory in that state and name Trump as the winner. On 25 August, federal district court Judge Linda Parker, of Michigan, sanctioned Powell and nine other attorneys who worked with her for having engaged in “a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process” in bringing the case in the first place. Powell’s claims of election fraud, Parker asserted, had no basis in law and were solely based on “speculation, conjecture, and unwarranted suspicion”.

Parker further concluded that the conduct of Powell, Wood, and the eight other attorneys who they worked with, warranted a “referral for investigation and possible suspension or disbarment to the appropriate disciplinary authority for each state … in which each attorney is admitted”.

Wood told the court in the Michigan case that Powell had wrongly named him as one of her co-counsel in the Michigan case. During a hearing in the case to determine whether to sanction Wood, his defense largely rested on his claim that he had not been involved in the case at all. Powell, Wood told the court, had put his name on the lawsuit without her even telling him.

A man holds a sign reading "The dead cannot vote" at a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Trump supporters attend a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, where Sidney Powell spoke on efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Photograph: Nathan Posner/REX/Shutterstock

Wood said: “I do not specifically recall being asked about the Michigan complaint … In this case obviously my name was included. My experience or my skills apparently were never needed, so I didn’t have any involvement with it.”

Wood’s attorney, Paul Stablein, was also categorical in asserting that his client had nothing to do with the case, telling the Guardian in an interview: “He didn’t draft the complaint. He didn’t sign it. He did not authorize anyone to put his name on it.”

Powell has denied she would have ever named Wood as a co-counsel without Wood’s permission.

But other people have since come forward to say that Powell has said that they were named as plaintiffs or lawyers in her election-related cases without their permission.

In a Wisconsin voting case, a former Republican candidate for Congress, Derrick Van Orden, said he only learned after the fact that he had been named as a plaintiff in one of Powell’s cases.

“I learned through social media today that my name was included in a lawsuit without my permission,” Van Orden said in a statement he posted on Twitter, “To be clear, I am not involved in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the election in Wisconsin.”

Jason Shepherd, the Republican chairman of Georgia’s Cobb county, was similarly listed as a plaintiff in a Georgia election case without his approval.

In a 26 November 2020 statement, Shepherd said he had been talking to an associate of Powell’s prior to the case’s filing about the “Cobb GOP being a plaintiff” but said he first “needed more information to at least make sure the executive officers were in agreeing to us being a party in the suit”. The Cobb County Republican party later agreed to remain plaintiffs in the case instead of withdrawing.

Leslie Levin, a professor at the University of Connecticut Law School, said in an interview: “Misrepresentations to the court are very serious because lawyers are officers of the court. Bringing a lawsuit in someone’s name when they haven’t consented to being a party is a very serious misrepresentation and one for which a lawyer should expect to face serious discipline.”

Nora Freeman Engstrom, a law professor at Stanford University, says that Powell’s actions appear to violate Rule 3.3 of the ABA’s model rules of professional misconduct which hold that “a lawyer shall not knowingly … make a false statement of fact of law to a tribunal”.

Since election day last year, federal and state courts have dismissed more than 60 lawsuits alleging electoral fraud and irregularities by Powell, and other Trump allies.

Shortly after the election, Trump named Powell as a senior member of an “elite strike force” who would prove that Joe Biden only won the 2020 presidential race because the election was stolen from him. But Trump refused to pay her for her services. To remedy this, Powell set up a new nonprofit called Defending the Republic; its stated purpose is to “protect the integrity of elections in the United States”.

As a nonprofit, the group is allowed to raise unlimited amounts of “dark money” and donors are legally protected from the ordinary requirements to disclose their identities to the public. Powell warned supporters that for her to succeed, “millions of dollars must be raised”.

Echoing Trump’s rhetoric, Powell told prospective donors that Defending the Republic had a vast team of experienced litigators.

Sidney Powell speaks at a press conference on election results in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Sidney Powell speaks at a press conference on election results in Alpharetta, Georgia. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Among the attorneys who Powell said made up this “taskforce” were Emily Newman, who had served Trump as the White House liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services and as a senior official with the Department of Homeland Security. Newman had been a founding board member of Defending the Republic.

But facing sanctions in the Michigan case, some of the attorneys attempted to distance themselves from having played much of a meaningful role in her litigation.

Newman’s attorney told Parker, the judge, that Newman had “not played a role in the drafting of the complaint … My client was a contract lawyer working from home who spent maybe five hours on this matter. She really wasn’t involved … Her role was de minimis.”

To have standing to file her Michigan case, Powell was initially unable to find a local attorney to be co-counsel on her case but eventually attorney Gregory Rohl agreed to help out.

But when Rohl was sanctioned by Parker and referred to the Michigan attorney disciplinary board for further investigation, his defense was that he, too, was barely involved in the case. He claimed that he only received a copy of “the already prepared” 830-page initial complaint at the last minute, reviewed it for “well over an hour”, while then “making no additions, decisions or corrections” to the original.

As with Newman, Parker, found that Rohl violated ethics rules by making little, if any, effort to verify the facts of the claims in Powell’s filings.

In sanctioning Rohl, the judge wrote that “the court finds it exceedingly difficult to believe that Rohl read an 830-page complaint in just ‘well over an hour’ on the day he filed it. So, Rohl’s argument in and of itself reveals sanctionable conduct.”

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Govt to introduce important Bill, Covid situation likely to be discussed



The government on Thursday will table ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill 2021’ in the Lok Sabha. A discussion on Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and its various related aspects is also likely to take place in the lower House.

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will move the ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill’ in the Lok Sabha to amend the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998.

Under rule 193, a discussion on Covid-19 pandemic and various aspects related to it will likely take place. According to sources, the members may also raise their concern and ask for the government’s preparedness for the new Omicron variant. Under Rule 193, members can seek details about the new Covid variant. “Short duration discussion is likely to be held in the Lok Sabha on the Covid and its various aspects, including new Omicron variant,” sources said.

Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Prahlad Singh Patel, General V.K. Singh, Krishan Pal, Bhanu Pratap Verma, Rameshwar Teli and Kaushal Kishore will lay papers on the table. Reports and action reports of different standing committees will also be laid in the day.

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Amendment) Bill 2021 (ART) by voice vote as the amendments moved by the DMK MP N.K. Prem Chandran, Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy and Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut were negated. The ART Bill seeks to regulate fertility clinics. All such clinics will have to be registered under the National Registry of Banks and Clinics of India.

The opposition is likely to continue to raise its voices on price rise, unemployment and extended jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in some states. The opposition parties are also demanding a law guaranteeing the minimum support price (MSP).

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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